Waste dumping: RIWAMA  arrests 3 health workers in Rivers


Barth Ndubuwah,Port Harcourt

Three health workers have been arrested by the Monitoring Team of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), headed by it’s Sole Administrator,Bro. Felix Obuah over indiscriminate dumping of clinical wastes on the roadside. The incident were said to have taken place at the Akpajo Roundabout off Oil Mill Junction at the outskirts of Port Harcourt, the State capital.

Bro. Obuah who disclosed this in a statement issued Monday in Port Harcourt by his Media Aide, Jerry Needam  and made available to journalists. The statement said the health workers were caught dumping some clinical wastes such as syringes, placenta,amongst others on the road side.

The culprits who  were said to be working in a private clinic in the area, identified as Fruitful Maternity and Clinic, were caught in the act while dumping the said refuse and wete promptly arrested, and handed over to the police attached to RIWAMA for further interrogation and prosecution.

The Sole Administrator said investigations by his team revealed that so many clinics, hospitals and health centers in Port Harcourt are fond of this ugly practice. He warned that the Agency will not spare them,a view to bringing them to book.

The RIWAMA boss while condemning some traditional delivery homes, who he accused of engaging in the unwholesome practice and warned that the Agency would not spare any defaulter caught in the act.

He regretted that aside the indiscriminate dumping of clinical wastes, these health workers also dump refuse outside the Agencys approved dumping hours of 6 pm to 12 midnight.

Obuah reaffirmed his stance that those who flout sanitation rule are enemies of the State, stressing that residents and those doing business in Port Harcourt, the State capital and its environs have no excuse to dump refuse indiscriminately,bearing in mind that receptacles have been strategically  close to business and residential places.

He appealed to Rivers people and all those living and doing business in the State to join hands with the State Government to keep Port Harcourt and its environs clean